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Posted by WiseAcre on Jun 26th, 2015

When the past catches up to you

Jun 26

…it’s usually an unpleasant surprise.

Not this time. Recently I’ve been “contacted” by people I haven’t seen or heard from in a couple of years informing me that I’ve been missed. This post is dedicated to one of them, Becky at stonewallgarden.blogspot.com

I still like to visit your blog, but it was better and funnier when you were there! Ed uses wood mulch and every time I see a birds nest fungus, I think of you!

Now I’ve got to think of something funny besides my resemblance to fungus.

Guess, I’ll just post about where I’ve been hiding and hope something amusing comes to mind. I’ve been spending a lot of time on Long Island were I’ve been busy gardening lately. (week on – week off) Lets start with a couple of photos:

Front bed – June 8
Front flower bed

Front bed – June 20
front bed just over a week laqter

12 days later the Coreopsis “Zagreb” and the unidentified Sedum are in bloom. Both are favorites of mine. Both, like my wife prefer full sun and propagate easily. The propagation process works a bit different with the plants. Good thing too, taking cuttings from my wife and sticking them in the ground is probably a criminal offense.

Sedum has to be the easiest plant to propagate. Just snap off a stem and stick it in the ground. Those cuttings in the foreground were already well rooted after 2 weeks. They like the ground being kept moist but it’s not an absolute requirement. I’ve had broken stems dropped on the ground take hold without any watering.

The Coreopsis “Zagreb” isn’t as easy as Sedums because you should keep the soil moist. I like to pot my Zagreb clones and keep them in partial shade. Once established they go to a garden. Zagreb is also a spreader given loose well drained soil kept moist. I generally plant 1 gal. pots as ‘plugs’ about a foot apart. They’ll generally close ranks in a season.

June 8 – Frog fountain
frog fountain

Originally the fountain bubbled out of the “bedrock” under the frog. I usually don’t add garden nick nacks because I find them tacky. None of the others visible in the photo were placed by me. I only added the frog because I dug it out after finding it half buried in the old landscape and figured I might as well clean it up and use it. The carved wooden mushrooms and stone geese aren’t bad looking and I have to admit to liking them. I still like the natural look of the fountain without the frog but it does add a pleasant sound of water falling.

June 8
front bed

Unseen is the “Walmart” parking lot in the front of the entrance garden. The parking area came within 12 feet of the front steps. You can see the boundary at the far left of the photo by the orange rose. It was a very difficult area to make “look right” because it was too narrow to really plant in depth. The original bed only extended to the first flagstones in the steps landing. Cutting 5 feet of the parking area made all the difference in the world. I’m more than happy with the results.

June 8 – the front bed gets expanded

Originally the front bed ended at the first Cedar on the right. (hidden by the Salix – the willow with white new growth foliage) There was a double gate in the fence with lawn up to it. Moving the gate was as rewarding as cutting back the parking area. With room to expand the bed the garden took on a much more pleasing look.

I’m home until after the 4th of July. I told the home owner I wasn’t going to be available in July and he was truly distressed so I said I’ll come back for another week. It truly is a dream “job”, money is not a problem and I do what I want. Dropping a couple grand for a new bed is always fun.

Which leads me to realize that generally I’m a husband’s nightmare. Most men couldn’t care less about flower gardens and dropping hundreds if not 1,000s of bucks means their dreams of a man cave, boat or whatever is being turned to mulch.

4 Responses

  1. Tatyana@MySecretGarden Says:

    Yes, I missed you too!
    The garden that you showed here is beautiful! Good job!

  2. Cindee Says:

    I missed you too. I enjoyed your posts. Welcome back! Now don’t disappear again(-: Have a Happy 4th!

  3. Becky Says:

    Welcome back!!!!! If I though it would work I would have kissed your frog sooner. Actually Ed and I thought you were either permanently in traction or dead. It’s nice to be dead wrong sometimes!

  4. rainfield Says:

    I can’r remember you, just like I can’t remember a cat does catch mouse.